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For the second day in a row, more than 40,000 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Utah. The number of fully vaccinated people now exceeds 540,000.
At the same time, the Utah Department of Health reported another six deaths caused by the coronavirus. All six patients were 65 years of age and older. Four of the deaths occurred before March 1
Intermountain Healthcare infectious disease doctor Eddie Stenehjem said Friday that the number of cases in Utah has reached its highest level since September. “This is a good place for us currently in Utah.”
Vaccine dose/total dose in the past day• 40,049 / 1,450,263.
Utahans are fully vaccinated • 541,293.
Cases reported in the past day• 422.
Death reports in the past day• six.
Salt Lake County reported two deaths: a man and a woman, aged 65-84.
The other four counties each reported one death: women aged 65-84 in Davis County, women aged 65-84 in Millard County, women aged 85 and over in Utah, and men aged 85 and over in Weber County.
Tests reported in the past day• 5,761 people were tested for the first time. A total of 14,258 people took the test.
Hospitalization reported in the past day• 138. up up two From Thursday. Of those currently hospitalized, 46 are in the intensive care unit, four fewer than Thursday.
Percentage of positive tests• According to the state’s original method, the tax rate is 7.3%. This is slightly higher than the 7-day average of 6.9%.
The state’s new method counts all test results, including repeated tests on the same person. The interest rate on Friday was 3.0%, which was lower than the 7-day average of 3.4%.
[Read more: Utah is changing how it measures the rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s what that means.]
Total so far• 386,550 cases; 2,131 deaths; 15,573 hospitalizations; 2,400,410 people tested.
“This is an optimistic moment,” Stenehjem said. “Our cases are declining. They have reached a plateau… back to the level at the beginning of the pandemic around September. Our number of hospitalizations has definitely increased.
At Intermountain’s Intermountain’s weekly COVID-19 community briefing on Facebook Live on Friday, Steinichem said that health experts expressed concern about this, believing that the spring break and new variants of the coronavirus may lead to a “fourth wave” of cases. Even so, Stenehjem said: “At this point, the increase in cases may look different from the increase in November and December.” Because elderly people vaccinated with the virus are less likely to get sick.
Utah is one week away from April 10 (the date when Utah political leaders decided to terminate the statewide mask mission), but Sternehm suggested that Utahans continue to wear masks and conduct social counseling in public.
“Between April 9th and April 10th, there will be no difference in community communication,” Stenehjem said.
Steinem said that the mountain sports rules require tourists, patients and staff to wear masks, and these rules will take effect after April 10. He said: “When epidemiology tells us that it is possible to do this, we will take off the mask.”
Even though Governor Cox signed the bill passed by the Utah State Assembly that terminated the authorization of masks on April 10, he still thinks masks are a good idea. In this week’s memo, Cox told state employees that they will wear masks at the state office by May 31.
Also on Friday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that it will provide Utah with more than $17.1 million in additional public assistance funds for the state’s response to COVID-19. After a major disaster statement is issued on Sunday, the funds can be used.
So far, FEMA has provided Utah with a total of US$108.5 million in assistance to support the state’s COVID-19 response. For information about the FEMA Public Assistance Program, please visit www.fema.gov/assistance/public.